I don't know if it's the rain, the fact that Isaac and I have been sick all weekend or just the fact that as we all know I LOVE Pinterest and found 2 recipes I really wanted to try out....but something made me decide to go vegetarian for dinner tonight. The result? Absolute deliciousness!
For our main course we had Zucchini cakes, I honestly wish I would have found the recipe earlier in the summer when my mom had an overabundance of zucchini from her garden. None the less, I am in love with this recipe! So is Aaron..... Isaac, well I think he would be had he not thought I was making crab cakes! Silly boy, took his first bite and said "what is this, I was expecting crab". You know how it is when you take a drink of something expecting it to be something else? Gross! No matter how much you like the drink, just the fact that you thought it was something else can totally turn you off to it...so I think thats what happened here. (I did have to giggle though, because crab? I mean there was no smell of seafood in my kitchen) Oh well, like I said, we've both been sick, maybe his nose is so stuffy he thought he wouldn't be able to smell it if that was what I was cooking. :)
So the recipe! You will need:
1 large zucchni grated, excess water removed (Note: To do this, after you grate the zucchini, put the grated zucchini into paper towels and squeeze to release the water) ****As you see , she recommends using paper towels, my paper towels just crumbled so I used some cheesecloth. Much better, so if you have some, use it!
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup panko bread crumbs
(maybe I am weird, but I have always seen this ingredient used on cooking shows but never used it myself until tonight)
sprinkle of ground nutmeg, about 1/8 teaspoon (Note: If you add too much it can quickly take over the taste, less is more)
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Combine all ingredients, except olive oil, in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Using a heaping tablespoon form the mixture into 8 patties.
Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Once heated, add patties and cook until golden brown. About 3-4 minutes per side. Serve.
Then for our side dish, what is supposed to be the BEST Broccoli ever, now we love our broccoli even Aaron, at his first birthday party he chose broccoli over cake! So I was really excited to try out a new way to cook it. Even though it was called the BEST broccoli ever I tried not to get too excited, because ya know how someone will RAVE about how great a movie or restaraunt or something is and then you watch it or go there only to be disappointed? Well that was my fear...however I was not disappointed! Would I go as far to say the BEST broccoli ever?? I don't know. It was amazing though!
You preheat the oven to 425.
Take 4 to 5 pounds of broccoli (I had a half a bunch in the fridge and just bought one more)
She then says the key to this is that your broccoli is THOUROGHLY dried before baking it...then she goes on to mention how there is really no need to wash the broccoli because the heat WILL kill the germs on it! I agree, so I didn't wash mine :)
Now, it’s easy. Put the broccoli on a cookie sheet. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. (She says 5 Tbs olive oil, 1 1/2 tsps kosher salt, 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper, but I just eyeballed it.) Now add 4 garlic cloves that are peeled and sliced and toss them in too. (I only used 3 cloves and it was enough)
Roast in the oven 20 to 25 minutes, until “crisp-tender and the tips of some of the florets are browned.”
When it’s done, take it out of the oven–and here’s where it gets really good–zest a lemon over the broccoli, squeeze the lemon juice over the broccoli, add 1.5 Tbs more olive oil, 3 Tbs toasted pine nuts (I left those out), and 1/3 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. She also has you add 2 Tbs julienned fresh basil, but I left that out too
(Aaron took this next pic for me, so excuse the blurriness)
SO this was our meal: (Aaron's meal to be exact which is why the portions are small)
I kind of felt bad that we only had the 2 dishes, but it was enough to fill us. Isaac said he would like some type of bean with it, so we will try that next time! ;-)